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SKYWARN in Southwest Kansas

A message from the Skywarn Coordinator


Hello weather and Amateur Radio buffs! If you are new to weather spotting, let me tell you that it can be a fun and exciting, not to mention dangerous, pastime!

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Dodge City continues to add to a spotter network throughout the Southwest Kansas area within the 27 county area served by the office.

SKYWARN is based upon HAM's using Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) as a primary communication between the spotters and the National Weather Service Office. Most weather service offices in the United States utilize Ham Radio organizations to help with weather spotting.

To participate in this exciting and rewarding network, you must have a license issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the license must be for the band being used for communications with the National Weather Service. The group currently uses the 2 meter band.

This spotter network is all volunteer and is a great asset to the National Weather Service Warning and Alert program. Because it can significantly improve the timeliness and effectiveness of severe weather warnings, it is also priceless to your local community.

The National Weather Service Office in Dodge City provides extensive training in severe storm spotting to all SKYWARN members. This helps SKYWARN spotters know what to look for to determine the strength of a storm and the degree of danger it imposes. Our members are also encouraged to visit the National Weather Service office from time to time so that they are familiar with how the meteorologists determine when to warn the public.

If you are interested in joining the SKYWARN program, please leave your name, address, phone number, email and, if you are already a licensed HAM, your call sign (QSL) and someone will contact you as soon as possible. If you are interested, you may call the National Weather Service at 316-227-7140 or leave email here with Jeff Hutton , the National Weather Service SKYWARN contact.

More HAM's are needed across the Southwest Kansas area!! We are quite short on manpower. As a matter of fact, it is not that difficult to get your very own HAM license!!! Morse code is no longer a requirement! Your participation in this select and exciting group would be greatly appreciated.